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[[Image:Kamalashila.JPG|frame|[[Kamalashila]] whose ''[[Stages of Meditation]]'' described Vipashyana practice]]'''Vipashyana''' (Skt. ''vipaśyanā''; Tib. ''lhaktong''; [[Wyl.]] ''lhag mthong'') — 'clear seeing' or 'insight' [[meditation]].
 
[[Image:Kamalashila.JPG|frame|[[Kamalashila]] whose ''[[Stages of Meditation]]'' described Vipashyana practice]]'''Vipashyana''' (Skt. ''vipaśyanā''; Tib. ''lhaktong''; [[Wyl.]] ''lhag mthong'') — 'clear seeing' or 'insight' [[meditation]].
  
===Etymology===
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==Etymology==
 
*''Vi'' is short for ''vishesa'', which means ‘special’, ‘superior’, or ‘particular’.  
 
*''Vi'' is short for ''vishesa'', which means ‘special’, ‘superior’, or ‘particular’.  
 
*''Pashyana'' , means ‘to see’ or ‘to look’.  
 
*''Pashyana'' , means ‘to see’ or ‘to look’.  
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So, it means ‘to look at things in a very direct and especially clear way’.  
 
So, it means ‘to look at things in a very direct and especially clear way’.  
  
===Prerequisites for Vipashyana===
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==Prerequisites for Vipashyana==
 
[[Kamalashila]]’s second ''[[Stages of Meditation]]'' (Skt. ''Bhāvanākrama'') mentions three prerequisites for developing vipashyana:
 
[[Kamalashila]]’s second ''[[Stages of Meditation]]'' (Skt. ''Bhāvanākrama'') mentions three prerequisites for developing vipashyana:
 
 
#Reliance upon a spiritual teacher<br>
 
#Reliance upon a spiritual teacher<br>
 
#Genuinely engaging in extensive study<br>
 
#Genuinely engaging in extensive study<br>
 
#Appropriate reflection<br>
 
#Appropriate reflection<br>
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==Alternative Translations==
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*intense insight (Dharma Publishing)
  
 
==Further Reading==
 
==Further Reading==

Revision as of 22:45, 5 November 2010

Kamalashila whose Stages of Meditation described Vipashyana practice

Vipashyana (Skt. vipaśyanā; Tib. lhaktong; Wyl. lhag mthong) — 'clear seeing' or 'insight' meditation.

Etymology

  • Vi is short for vishesa, which means ‘special’, ‘superior’, or ‘particular’.
  • Pashyana , means ‘to see’ or ‘to look’.
  • Lhak is ‘unique’ and
  • tong is ‘seeing’.

So, it means ‘to look at things in a very direct and especially clear way’.

Prerequisites for Vipashyana

Kamalashila’s second Stages of Meditation (Skt. Bhāvanākrama) mentions three prerequisites for developing vipashyana:

  1. Reliance upon a spiritual teacher
  2. Genuinely engaging in extensive study
  3. Appropriate reflection

Alternative Translations

  • intense insight (Dharma Publishing)

Further Reading

External links